Monday, February 11, 2008

Topsy-Turvy World - 5 - Blackwater Protestors.

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary ArmyAnother example of the insanity of the world we live in..

You may not have heard of Blackwater before.. Basically they are a private military organization, or mercenary group that keep a relatively low public profile, but are used as an elite team by the US special forces.. Supposedly as security forces, but I'd describe them more as specialized legal hitmen, or trained thugs. They were and still are I believe, present in Iraq. You can read more about them here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwater_USA

Anyhow, blackwater apparently (not that the media should ever be trusted to give us 100% truthful reports mind!)  shot and killed many people (wounding many more in the process) in Baghdad without provocation or cause, many of whom who were innocently standing by and happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time..

Well, if that is not bad enough, no charges were ever made against them, other than a few words of reprimand and possibly a slapped wrist or 2.

Fast forward a little, and a group of nonviolent activists staged a protest demonstration outside the Blackwater headquarters in North Carolina..

The result? The group were arrested and imprisoned without fair trials..

Read more here: http://www.alternet.org/rights/75244/

This world is truly mad!

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3 comments:

Cherimoya said...

It sounds like this topsy turvy world just keeps heading in the wrong direction.The best we can do is try to grow as many fruit trees as we can.I remember reading about the case last week I could not believe it.As my Grandpa used to say only in America.

Cherimoya
Love Peace and Happiness,

Fruitarian Mango - Raw Vegan, Fruit Only.. said...

Hi Cherimoya!
Yes, it certainly seems that way.. sadly it is rarely those that take part in the mass violence that get punished (at least not by any conventional law system), but perversely enough, those that protest against it often are victimised..
Doh!
Mango.
PS You still in Thailand?

Thomas said...

Mango,
Yes I am still here until April then will go away for a month and come back in May for a couple of more months and then head back to Florida.

Cherimoya

Love Peace and Happiness,